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Weʼre raising £2,500 to transfer an archive of reel-to-reel tapes of Scottish Traveller, Duncan Williamson, before they degrade and are lost

Bishops Castle, UK

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I have 150-200 hours of reel-to-reel recordings of Duncan Williamson. Duncan was a Scottish Traveller, storyteller and singer with an immense wealth of traditional stories, ballads and riddles. He was my mentor and a huge inspiration to storytellers throughout the world.

The tapes were recorded during the 1970s and 80s by Duncan's wife, Linda, as they worked on publishing collections of his stories (most are published by Canongate - have a google). Duncan's books are wonderful, but hearing the story brings a whole new dimension to the experience. There is other material included that has not been published in any format - ballads, jokes, riddles, stories and snippets, discussions on the nature of story with visiting storytellers, writers and musicians... and I suspect much more, though until they are digitised I have no way of discovering exactly what the tapes contain.

The tapes are currently in climate controlled storage, but their quality is deteriorating. They need to be digitised as soon as possible to retain this important resource.

I am applying for an Arts Council Bid to digitise, edit, catalogue and listen to the tapes. The bid will give me the opportunity to work with the material and explore different ways of sharing Duncan's legacy - learning and telling the stories alongside memories of Duncan himself; singing the ballads; creating an online database - we'll see how it develops!

For the application I need to prove matched funding. Some of that will be from me - materials and time. But the more people donate here will help raise money and also demonstrate that people are interested in saving Duncan's legacy, hearing where working with those stories takes me and being part of a conversation about how and where traditional stories fit into our modern world

I'd like to ask people to donate £15 - the cost of a CD. When I have enough tape transferred, cleaned up and edited my aim is to send you a code to download the equivalent of an album of Duncan's material.

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  • Amy Douglas3 days ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    3 days ago

    Thank you for all your lovely comments - I only get one message to you through this site and I am saving it to post the information to download some of Duncan's material when it's ready... so if you want to ask me any questions or chat about Duncan, search for Amy Douglas Storyteller on FB or email me through my website. Sean Taylor - I've had the recordings for more than two years and got them from Duncan rather than Linda - they are all reel-to-reel - so I won't have the ones you left with Linda... though now I am intrigued!

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  • Amy Douglas3 days ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    3 days ago

    I've had my nose to the grindstone writing my Arts Council funding bid, but at last it's done. I've just had the sweaty palm moment and pressed 'submit', so now it's just time to cross my fingers and wait for six weeks to see what they say. Whatever happens, we've raised enough to make a start digitising the tapes in February, so thank you all so much for your help, support and positivity - you are all MARVELLOUS!

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  • Amy Douglas1 month ago
    Amy Douglas

    Amy Douglas

    1 month ago

    Please forgive me for not having responded to you all indiviually yet. I am finding my technological feet... it turns out this page only allows me to send one short direct message to each of you. I am figuring out how to send everyone a link to an eventual download of Duncan's stories, so I am saving my one message for this!

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Page last updated on: 12/14/2018 7:50 AM

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  • Kevin Blackburn

    Kevin Blackburn

    Dec 14, 2018

    Still not made the £2000 mark, never mind the target? - this won't do for such important work. Have a pledge of some more.Kevin

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Dec 13, 2018

  • Lisa Schneidau

    Lisa Schneidau

    Dec 4, 2018

    HI Amy, sorry to be a bit late with this. good luck with the project and the funding bid! Lisa x

    £20.00

  • Sean Taylor

    Sean Taylor

    Nov 30, 2018

    Thanks. My meetings with Duncan from 1990 on were life-shaping & I'd love to have more access to his voice. Perhaps the 'digital rescue' will include cassette recordings I left with Linda 2 years ago.

    £50.00

  • Justine de Mierre

    Justine de Mierre

    Nov 29, 2018

    £10.00

  • Sandra Moore

    Sandra Moore

    Nov 28, 2018

    Go for it girl! Most important they are not lost! Good Luck with the funding.

    £50.00

  • Laura Hartley

    Laura Hartley

    Nov 28, 2018

    £5.00

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Amy Douglas

Amy Douglas

Bishops Castle, UK

I love stories and I am a professional storyteller. Apprenticed to the late Scottish Traveller, Duncan Williamson, I hold in trust many of his stories and ballads, alongside some terrible jokes which by ancient tradition can only be shared after ceremonial intake of much whisky!

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